Federal anti-foreclosure plan doing little to help

December 1, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Despite promises from the Obama administration to use $ 50 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to fund loan modifications and prevent hundreds of thousands of homeowners from losing their homes, a new report from the CBO says that the administration will only spend a quarter of the promised money on the program. The Huffington Post reports:

The Obama administration will spend less than a quarter of the $ 50 billion it promised to help homeowners facing foreclosure, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in a report Monday.

The CBO projection raises fresh questions about the success of the administration’s foreclosure-prevention efforts and its commitment to helping homeowners, even as unemployment hovers near 10 percent. Corporations and large banks appear to be in full-fledged recovery — last quarter, corporate profits reached an all-time high of $ 1.66 trillion on an annual basis — but households and small businesses seem to have been left out.

Washington policymakers talk constantly about helping “Main Street” recover from the steepest downturn since the Great Depression. Spending less than a quarter of the money promised to help residents of “Main Street” keep their homes may not seem in line with that goal.

I’d call that an understatement.

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WikiWankers are doing this why?

November 28, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Another gargantuan pile of stuff nobody was supposed to see, showing a grand total of zero outrages. Wasn’t that what Ass-Flange supposed to be doing? You know, shining a light on the heinous crimes of the imperial oppressors? What complete, unimitigated, horse shite. This is nothing but Anti-Americanism wrapped in a sleazy cloak of whistle-blowing. No crimes, no outrages, nothing but gratuitous outing of not even very dirty laundry. Go read the NY Times version of S! State Dept. Entertainment.

27 SEPT 1900 Classification: BITCHY

US Emb Kabul: OMG Karzai is stealing everything and did you see that awful robe he wore?

US Emb Karachi: ROFLMAO he is such a thief and I wouldn’t let him dress my dolls

Now I am not minimizing the damage these ass clowns have done to our security, it is already way past the point where I think Assanange should be looking at the inside of a container on a ship doing lazy racetracks around the Indian Ocean. But the idea that there is a scintilla of legitmate altruism in this whole sorry affair is well past it’s stench date. Now how can we get this jackwagon on a plane to Sweden?


Reza Aslan: Ahmadinejad is doing “the right thing” for Iran

November 25, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 


I keep returning to Reza Aslan here because he is an excellent example of a deceptive Islamic supremacist who is widely taken as a “moderate.” He is therefore a perfect illustration of how such Islamic supremacists bamboozle the ignorant and unwitting.

The adolescent literary pretender Aslan continues to race around the country promoting his new literary anthology and trying to claim a spurious victim status for Muslims by whining about “Islamophobia,” but his moderate pose wears increasingly thin. He has called on the U.S. Government to negotiate not only with Ahmadinejad but with Hamas — that is, with some of the most barbaric and genocidally-inclined adherents of Sharia. He has even praised the jihad terror group Hizballah as “the most dynamic political and social organization in Lebanon” — recalling the useful idiots and fellow travelers who used to praise Stalinist Russia and even Hitler’s Germany for their social services apparatuses.

Also, he is a Board member of the National Iranian American Council, a group that genuine Iranian pro-democracy forces regard as an apologetic vehicle for the Islamic Republic of Iran. And so not surprisingly, in this piece about the trouble Iran’s Thug-In-Chief, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is facing at home, he offers not one critical word about Ahmadinejad’s genocidal antisemitism, or the regime’s persecution of non-Muslims. Instead, he praises certain domestic policies of Ahmadinejad.

Yes, and Hitler built the autobahn.

“Ahmadinejad’s Days Are Numbered,” by Reza Aslan in The Daily Beast, November 23:

The irony is that Ahmadinejad is unquestionably doing the sensible thing in pushing ahead with the removal of government subsidies. Subsidies account for approximately 30 percent of Iran’s entire annual budget. That is simply untenable for an economy that just last month saw the value of its currency drop by a staggering 13 percent against the dollar. Iran’s oil industry, its most lucrative source of revenue, is in shambles after the recent departure of four oil companies- Shell, Total, ENI, and Statoil. The carpet industry, once valued at $ 500 million, has disintegrated thanks to increased sanctions. The government claims that 22 percent of Iranians are unemployed (experts say the number is closer to 40 percent), three-quarters of them under the age of 30. Some 40 percent of Iranians live below the poverty line. Inflation is officially at 10 percent, though many economists believe it to be more like 24 percent. With the price of oil remaining stable and Iran’s international isolation increasing, the government simply cannot afford to keep paying out nearly a third of its entire budget in subsidies.

But while what Ahmadinejad is doing may be the right thing for the country, it is the way he is doing it-by virtual fiat-that has parliament up in arms. In order to alleviate some of the economic hardships that Iranians will no doubt face, Ahmadinejad is personally doling out millions of dollars to families in need. According to the Iranian newspaper Payvand, some 60 million people (out of a population of 75 million) will receive about $ 40 a month to offset the inevitable rise in prices.

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The Reality of 24/7 Home Care of a Loved One With Alzheimer’s: The Family Caregivers who are front line soldiers doing all the work, are seen by government as only ‘informal support…’

November 24, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

During this holiday, we can be thankful for those who labor 24/7 to care for our elderly and our broken mind ones. This is a Guest Contributor on The Reality of 24/7 Home Care of a Loved One With Alzheimer’s: The Family Caregivers who are front line soldiers doing all the work, are seen by government as only ‘informal support…’

by Carol Wright
Far from the purple banners of the recent “Alzheimer’s awareness” events sit an estimated 6.6 million family caregivers for an estimated 5.5 Alzheimer’s sufferers (nobody really knows the exact figures for either group.) Compare that with 300 million people in the US total +/-. It’s a lot of disabled people, a lot of caregivers who cannot work outside the home while caregiving in the home.

Some of these caregivers include supportive extended family, but all too many caregivers are toiling alone and unpaid, caring for a frail senior suffering from dementia. This often means, an aging woman caring for her elderly parents, a senior spouse struggling to keep their loved one home, out of the nursing home just one more month.

The recent “Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s,” emphasizes that it’s the women who overwhelmingly take on caregiving duties.

But some light should fall in the corners too: More than a few families have forsaken their own. Often just a single brave, compassionate soul steps forward for that end of life walk with the afflicted one. Their other relatives, their own children, their own sisters, brothers, former friends, even spouses, turn away or come around only once in a very long while for a very few minutes.

“Informal support.” This is what we 24/7 caregivers are most recently called by government and parroted by media, we who tend to our loved ones day in and day out.

“Informal.” Inferring not serious work, when in fact each day caring at home for an Alzheimer’s patient is deadly serious work of lifting, hauling, hefting, guiding, feeding, issues of urine, feces, medicine, cooking, cleaning, bathing, laundry and so much more.

Sole caregivers are especially brutalized by this burden, and they catch the flack, the very bulldozing brunt impact of frontline dementia care. The hours can be 24 on and zero off. Days are seven on and on and on.

Perhaps a neighbor comes for a few hours to seniorsit so the caregiver can get a break that is not a break. It’s scramble to shop for groceries, medicines. To rake up the leaves so the grass doesn’t die. Take dying cat to the vet and have put to sleep. Get back before patience of friend wears thin, or person with dementia gets out of control. Hope for no sudden feces situation, or friend will not return again.

“Informal support.” Caregiverscannot snag a full night’s sleep. Often their charges are up half the night, pulling out drawers and emptying on the floor. There is assistance needed always with trips to the commode and changing protective pads on the bed. Start first load of laundry for the day at 3 am. In our house, my mother wakes up screaming about something “out there…out THERE!…oh gawd gawd!” Last night it was a fire she saw, which was really a shiny birthday hat. I spent hours extinguishing a birthday hat, reassuring my mother, and even after removing such and other items from environs, my mother continues to no longer be able to tell the real from the imagined.

“Informal support.” Communicating with someone who has dementia is often like herding cats, and one has to, in order to help with the most simple actions, give repetitive instructions for every phase of aid. “Put foot through here, no through …. the pant leg…this here. Put your foot through here. Your FOOT. Point your TOE, now foot…”

“Informal support.” Often the day comes when the outbursts need more meds (some will say). This happened to my mother. She had unexplained nausea after a fall, and I took her for many tests in the ER. No answers, and not better. Finally a four-day stay in the hospital. She had a few delusional/puzzled episodes while there, and she pushed away prodding, hurtful hands. She was labeled “combative; they said, We’ll try Seroquel.”

Two months later, my mother slumped to the side her chair so much I had to tie her in to keep her from falling. I stood guard so she wouldn’t be hurt while she thrashed in bed, now padded everywhere. Sometimes she stiffened, slid from her chair like a 2×6 board. Now on the floor, face contorted, tongue choking, eyes rolling.

I see a Seroquel TV ad with voice-over droning “Not for use by elderly dementia patients.” I see Mom writhing on floor. Is this advancing Alzheimer’s demanding a larger dose or ?? Who will tell us? I plead. Doctors don’t know. Or different docs give different answers. I research online. So many of the bad side effects -she has them! Her doctors have made my mother straightjacket insane. We stop the Seroquel, but Mom is switched then to Ativan to stop paranoia. The Ativan leads to chilling paranoia as Mom channels cold eyes up from the DeadZone.

“Informal support.” Each family caregiver is front line to strong daily challenges like these, often complicated by illnesses anyone might come down with. Deafness and dementia. Leukemia and diabetes…and dementia. Colon cancer…and dementia. Congested nasal passages and dementia.
“Informal support.” Caregivers carry the brunt of the work at great personal sacrifice on every level, their health and dental go downhill, they are not able to earn income, a certain amount of sanity that one has charge of one’s own life goes out the window. A social life; there is none. An eroded future occurs because a dedicated caregiver has no idea when this vigil might draw to a close, and can only plan to remain in situ.

For caregivers, there is little outside direct assistance available. We’re not even in the system noted as having a need. No cash grants, no benefits, no medical or dental coverage for us in any quarter; there are no unemployment checks. Some benefits overshoot the caregiver; the patient is qualified (vets qualify for some home caregiving hours) but payments go to licensed caregivers only, not to family members. Government sees the home caregiver as a resource until worn out, then tossed aside when parent dies or is placed in a nursing home. The governments, state, local, federal…the corporations… call it “informal support.”
I cannot quite tell you what it is like to be surrounded on almost all sides by government ‘officials,’ people who say do this or that with what meagher resources are left to us, medical personnel of many different and often opposing ideas, deadbeat relatives, drug companies… too often many wear a smug face of impunity. Something goes wrong, say a bad drug reaction, or financial abuse by a government employee who is supposed to have squeaky clean and timely oversight… it is only the sole caregiver who is cornered, totally responsible for others’ errors, lateness, underperformance. It’s the caretaker who has to scrounge, beg, step up threadbare. Everyone else walks free.

The Shriver Report and Alzheimer’s Association step up their action plans. I poked around the Alzheimer’s Association website to see if there was a hint of direct aid to family caregivers. In the report at http://www.alz.org/documents/national/World_Alzheimer_Report_2010_Summary%281%29.pdf
I read the summary report and recommendations. There I could finally see myself. Twice was I, the unpaid family caregiver, mentioned as “informal support.” Unpaid family caregiver. Excuse me, INFORMAL?? Recommendations to help us, even informally? There was nothing written to help us. Nothing. Big report, but nothing’s changed. Things are stable and predictable according to report writers. No support will be given to ‘informal support’ that is, human beings who nearly single-handedly are giving all they’ve got, now, again or it seems ever.
I wondered: Was this moniker “informal support” commonly used in studies, theses, and legislation. I Googled the term, and found this to be true. Basically, it means our caregiving is a “contribution.” Not a life and death necessity to keep a loved one as safe as possible, clean and fed and helped in whatever way we can… and without leave.
And as Maria Shriver points out in “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s,” three-fifths of the US caregivers are women. “The truth is,” she writes, “it’s women who are the ones who generally do the hands-on grunt work of caregiving—cleaning their parents or spouses and changing their diapers, feeding them, babysitting them, dispensing medicine to them. While men do represent about a third of family caregivers, they tend to arrange or supervise outside services.”


The time is now for direct support for the family caregiver.
Researching the cause and treatments for Alzheimer’s or other diseases tends to draw the most attention and official funding.
But please, it is now time to actively support the real FORMAL caregivers on the front lines of eldercare, the family caregiver. Caregivers need assistance with respite care (typically the only aid offered), and though there is now some protection for caregivers to some day, perhaps, return to a job they may have left to take on caregiving duties… that assumes a short duration and no pay throughout. But, Alzheimers disease, is not a killer like cancer per se. It is a disorder that makes a person eventually as helpless to care for themselves as a new born infant, though often combative as well but with the body of an adult. And a person with dementia and no other illness can live to be in their nineties, as my mother is presently, and beyond.
What about people like me with so far over eight years sacrificed of sole caregiving? We need help with medical and dental, and with reentry into the work force.
I suggest a few simple approaches to help the formal family caregiver continue in their important duties and caregiving. One idea is to give the family caregiver payments in a “like amount” in a kind of disability pay. If their loved one is fully disabled from dementia, then the caregiver is also “disabled from being able to earn a living”—which is so true—anyone who has ever cared for a person with dementia, in home, knows one has to stop even a home business, for the loved one needs constant aid and supervision.
Another solution is to make the family caregiver eligible for welfare, full Medicare and Social Security benefits while care giving. If the caregiver returns to the workforce, then benefits are stopped until normally eligible at x age. This kind of approach does not add a whole layer of bureaucracy, no new programs; it just extends eligibility to a new level, to a new recipient.
But, how to replace the phrase “informal support” that so covers over the often desperate reality? I note a visible name change in the daily news is the change from “illegal alien” to “undocumented immigrant.” However, the immigrant issue is always hot news, where family caregiver headlines (until last month’s of Maria Shriver’s media appearances) are nonexistent. The term “Informal support” generally shows up in studies, scholarly theses, and reports; and these reports and studies are often the basis for legislation and grant requests, and carry the profound bias of naming THE essential caregiver as some seeming ‘nice but not necessary’ support. But what an impact this diminuizing term has had on the real front line for PFCG? That’s me, primary female caregiver.)
My next article will deal with what is called the Beers Criteria, a list of medications and protocols for weaning elderly patients off some of their prescription drugs. This drug free approach has resulted in a dramatic improvement in my mother’s mental and physical condition for periods of time. Three months ago, she was slumped over and headed for hospice. Most recently, she is attentively watching a DVD about a Cuban jazz musician while reading “National Enquirer.” This past week, we had to go to the ER, however. It is as they say, a roller coaster ride, of needs and aid to the one who has Alzheimers. It does not have an ending point.
Guest columnist Carol Wright was 54 when she left her home where she’d lived for the past eighteen years, to travel across three states to care for her mother in her final few months of life. That was 8.5 years ago. Carol has been primary, sole caregiver for her mother all this time, and has had some respite caregiver assistance only for the past year. She recently was honored as Caregiver of the Month by the Caregiver’s Voice here.

You can read and see more about her caregiving experience at her blogs here and here, and at and at YouTube

The Shriver Report’s book, written with the Alzheimer’s Association, is titled “A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s”; it is available in ebook format for $ 9.99. You can read excerpts here.
Government report from 1998 showing expectation that women shoulder the burden and take on the sacrifices of eldercare, and that their growing preference to stay in the workplace will rock the boat. Basically, the government assumes women will/should contribute this service, and their choice to now stay at their careers is a troublesome trend. Read more here.
There are a few programs to help pay family caregivers, and resources will vary from state to state. Read this article from the Alzheimer’s Association website.

The Moderate Voice

North Korean attacks: What is Obama doing?

November 23, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Yesterday the North Koreans fired artillery shells on a disputed island held by South Korea-killing two South Korean marines.

Although it’s difficult to ascertain motives of the mysterious “Hermit Kingdom,” it’s fair to wonder: Are the Norks testing the determined-weakness policy of President Obama?

Earlier this year the North sank a South Korean ship-killing 46. And the North Korean nuclear program continues.

There are 28,000 American troops serving in South Korea.

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Israel: Doing airport security right (Michael Totten)

November 21, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

From Michael Totten in the New York Post (h/t Daled Amos, who has more):

Terrorists have yet to use the same weapon twice, and the TSA isn’t even looking for whatever they’ll try to use next. I can think of all sorts of things a person could use to wreak havoc on a plane that aren’t banned. Security officials should pay less attention to objects, and more attention to people.

The Israelis do. They are, out of dreadful necessity, the world’s foremost experts in counterterrorism. And they couldn’t care less about what your grandmother brings on a plane. Instead, officials at Ben Gurion International Airport interview everyone in line before they’re even allowed to check in.

And Israeli officials profile. They don’t profile racially, but they profile. Israeli Arabs breeze through rather quickly, but thanks to the dozens of dubious-looking stamps in my passport — almost half are from Lebanon and Iraq — I get pulled off to the side for more questioning every time. And I’m a white, nominally Christian American.

If they pull you aside, you had better tell them the truth. They’ll ask you so many wildly unpredictable questions so quickly, you couldn’t possibly invent a fake story and keep it all straight. Don’t even try. They’re highly trained and experienced, and they catch everyone who tries to pull something over on them.

Because I fit one of their profiles, it takes me 15 or 20 minutes longer to get through the first wave of security than it does for most people. The agents make up for it, though, by escorting me to the front of the line at the metal detector. They don’t put anyone into a “porn machine.” There’s no point. Terrorists can’t penetrate that deeply into the airport.

The Israeli experience isn’t pleasant, exactly, and there’s a lot not to like about it. It can be exasperating for those of us who are interrogated more thoroughly.

The system has its advantages, though, aside from the fact that no one looks or reaches into anyone’s pants. Israelis don’t use security theater to make passengers feel like they’re safe. They use real security measures to ensure that travelers actually are safe. Even when suicide bombers exploded themselves almost daily in Israeli cities, not a single one managed to get through that airport.

Elder of Ziyon

Doing Business In Iraq

November 18, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Joel Wing examines the hurdles:

In the World Bank’s “Doing Business 2011” report, Iraq was ranked 166 out of 183 countries.

The World Bank found that hiring and firing workers was rather easy, and their pay relatively low at an average of $ 115.50 per month for a 19 year old. The problems came with starting and ending a firm in the country, and trading goods across borders. Iraq was ranked 174 out of 183 in ease of starting a business. There are 11 procedures companies have to go through that on average take 77 days to complete. There are 14 steps to get a construction permit, that take 215 days to finish. Registering a business on the other hand, was about average in the world, ranked at 96 out of 183, with only five procedures, taking 51 days. Getting credit was difficult, with a rank of 168 out of 183. Legal rights, protecting investments, and enforcing contracts were weak, while taxes were minimal. When it came to ease of closing a business Iraq was the worst in the world at 183 out of 183. Importing and exporting were also difficult and costly. Ease of exporting was ranked 179 out of 183 with ten documents taking 80 days, and a cost of $ 3,550 per container. Papers for importing took an average of 83 days and bringing in a container costs $ 3,650. Iraq ended up with the worst mark of any nation in the region.

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PDS: It’s the tea party’s fault Bristol is doing well in DWTS

November 17, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Tea Party gets blamed falsely by Time Magazine as being the root cause for hyperinflation, now the liberal media extends the blame of Bristol still being voted in to a dancing show for so many weeks.

This is getting hilarious.

Who would have thought that the left is actually attacking not only Bristol Palin, but the Tea Party for this?

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Top Republicans Push To Eliminate Fed’s Employment Mandate, Continue Doing Nothing For The Unemployed

November 16, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN)

Earlier this month, the Federal Reserve launched a round of quantitative easing — known as QE2 — in an attempt to entice consumers and businesses into spending and spurring economic growth. With interest rates already at the zero bound, and the prospects of further fiscal stimulus coming from the Congress virtually non-existent, QE2 is essentially the last policy option that the federal government has to try to increase the currently sluggish rate of job growth.

Republicans in Congress — after refusing to support of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or any of the myriad job creation bills brought before Congress in the last few months — have criticized the Fed’s move, with spokesman for both incoming House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) telling Politico that the Fed’s plan is uncalled for.

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) is so displeased, in fact, that he plans to introduce legislation today that would entirely remove the Fed’s mandate to ensure full employment:

Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, a top House Republican, said he plans to introduce legislation Tuesday to end the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate, which requires the central bank to balance both employment and inflation concerns in its monetary policy…“The Fed’s dual mandate policy has failed,” Pence said in a statement. “For a record 18th straight month the nation’s unemployment rate is at or above 9.4 percent. It’s time for the Fed to be solely focused on price stability and not the recently announced QE2 which will monetize our debt and trigger inflation.

Pence is joined in his push by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who released a statement today saying, “It is time that we work to clarify the mandate of the Federal Reserve. Providing our central bank with a clear and explicit focus on keeping inflation low will serve America better than the broader mandate approach we have today.”

This crystallizes quite well the Republicans’ set of priorities — as they’re pushing to extend tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, they’re criticizing the last step available for alleviating wider economic suffering. As economist Mark Thoma summed up, “Republicans oppose fiscal policy — including things such as extending unemployment compensation and job creation initiatives to help to overcome severe conditions (though tax cuts for the wealthy are okay) — and they oppose monetary policy that tries to lower the unemployment rate. So, in essence, they oppose doing anything to help the unemployed during a recession.”

At the same time, the GOP’s concern about inflation is quite overblown, as there is no sign of inflation at the moment. As New York Federal Reserve President Bob Dudley said yesterday, “People do not understand clearly” that “we can have an enlarged balance sheet and not have a long-term inflation problem.”

Wonk Room

Obama’s Diminished Stature His Own Doing

November 16, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

On June 2, 2008 TIME Magazine published a photo it had taken of the “lucky charms” Barack Obama carried with him. Among them was a miniature statue of a Hindu monkey god named Lord Hanuman. Once word got back to India that the evenutal Democratic nominee for President of the United States revered Hanuman, religious leaders had a two foot, gold-plated statue of the idol constructed, sanctified, and sent to Obama to arrive one day before the Democratic National Convention in August.

In the more than two years since then, Obama’s luck has diminished significantly. Coincidentally or not, the president’s junket to India, Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan got him out of Dodge hours after his party had taken a political paddling the likes of which hasn’t been seen in many decades. Perhaps even more interesting was the timing of his trip from a Hindu perspective. Just two days before his arrival in India, the world’s tallest statue of Lord Hanuman – 108 ft – was unveiled in Shimla.

If Obama received any luck from the much larger version of the two statues already in his possession, it didn’t seem to join him on his trip to Seoul, South Korea for a meeting with the G20 after leaving India and Indonesia. While in Seoul, his attempts to get the home country to open up trade with the United States failed. So too did his effort to get other nations to join him in chastising China for currency manipulation. The audacity of such a request in light of the very recent decision by the Federal Reserve to monetize U.S. debt to the tune of some $ 600 billion was lost on very few.

He was a weakened president on an international stage. Perhaps his diminished stature is an unintended consequence of his own policies, which have made the nation he leads, weaker in the world. Did he think the world would reward him for that? When abroad, he apologizes for America and rejects our exceptionalism. He doesn’t like this country very much, perhaps even hates it. His rhetoric has consistently told the world America is no longer special, nor should it be. If his trip to Asia should tell him anything, it should tell him that as America weakens, so does he.

Obama loves to be revered, paid attention to, and followed. He loves adoring crowds. Whether he knows it or not, his attempts to knock the United States down to size have severely limited his own ability to have those things. If he thought that by diminishing America’s stature in the world he would elevate himself because of some perceived overwhelming hatred of America internationally, he was mistaken. The treatment he received in Seoul underscores the point. Unfortunately, for the rest of us, so too is nearly every American weakened.

There also seems to be an inverse relationship between the diminished stature of Barack Obama and that of the latest version of Lord Hanuman.

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